Gap Year Programme: The project for school-leavers  in Argentina!

Has it always been your dream to go to South America, meet new people, learn a foreign language, and see exciting new places?
We are here to make this dream come true! With our Gap Year Programme, you can do a pre-study internship or simply gather international experience in three different areas while discovering a new culture. You definitely will not need any previous Spanish skills or professional experience as you will learn a lot on site!
And one thing is for sure: Your experiences in Argentina will last for a lifetime!

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Areas of the Gap Year Programme:

You determine the duration of your Gap Year Project. There is neither a minimum nor a maximum length.
Experience has shown that you need some time to integrate yourself into the company or social institution. That’s why we consider a project ideal that lasts 2 months or longer. However, we also have organised successful Gap Year Projects starting from 4 weeks. Just tell us about your plans and we will give you an individual feedback.

In this programme, you can do these kinds of internships:

  • Administration (pre-study internship)

  • Cultural Centre

  • Environmental Care

  • Healthcare (pre-study internship)

  • Human Rights
  • Institutional Development
  • Marketing & Communication
  • Recreation & Leisure

  • Social Work
  • Tourism

Quick Facts

Your Gap Year Programme in Argentina: All you need to know!

Studies and practical experience: You can participate in a Gap Year Project without any theoretical or practical knowledge. Of course, if you have gained already some experience or knowledge we will gladly take this qualification into consideration when organising your project position.

Spanish skills: You can also register for our Gap Year Project without any previous Spanish knowledge. However, an appropriate level of skills is necessary in order to be successfully integrated into the Argentine company and society. With our Spanish courses on site we prepare you for your internship in the shortest time possible. Read more about our Spanish courses.

Minimum Age: 18 years

Nationality: Our programmes are available to all nationalities.

Deadlines: You can register at any time and you receive your first internship offer within 8 weeks. In urgent cases, with our Express Start Fee, we send you the first offer within 4 weeks. If you are in a hurry, you can also check out our Last Minute Vacancies.

  1. Fill out the online registration without any obligations.
  2. We will send you our information material and advise you individually on your plans. Also, we will clarify with you what information we need for the internship organisation.
  3. Depending on how quickly you want to get internship offers, you shall pay the standard start fee or the express start fee. Then you get at least two internship offers with all internship and company details.
  4. If you are happy with one of the offers, you sign the internship contract. Having accepted your internship, you are also free to book your language course and accommodation.
    We support you during your flight search, application for funding and travel preparation. And once you have booked the flight, you share with us when you arrive in Argentina!

NICE Guarantee:
In the very rare case that we were not able to find a suitable internship, the start fee will be refunded 100%. The organisation fee will only be charged if you accept an offered internship.

No, because we work transparently and without any hidden costs. In the online registration you can simply indicate which services you wish and you will receive the corresponding invoices. All prices are published on our website; this is how you can easily add up the costs and calculate the total price of your individual package.
Additionally, you should take your flight and sufficient insurance protection into account. Low-priced insurance packages are offered for example at the student card ISIC. Cheap flight deals you find on skyscanner, kayak or statravel where you can quickly and easily compare prices.
When thinking of Argentina, Buenos Aires and Tango come immediately to your mind. This is why it may be surprising that the most popular internship city is Córdoba: Argentina’s second largest city offers a lot of cultural activities, entertainment, a great surrounding area and above all it is less anonymous than Buenos Aires. Being the most important university town of the country, the city is very young and it is much easier to get into contact with locals.
In case you attend a Spanish Course at NICE before starting with the internship, you will definitely get to know Córdoba because this is where our headquarters and our Spanish school are located. A combination of a Spanish course in Córdoba and an internship in another city can be conveniently and simply arranged.
Our service is also open to high school graduates looking for occupational orientation. If you want to do a pre-study internship, you simply tell us all requirements that need to be met. We will take them into account in the organisation of your internship and assist you when issuing all the necessary documents for the subsequent placement recognition.
Just like you are now, we once were students and we know this phenomenon! This is why we are keen to offer our high quality services for affordable prices.
To achieve this, we use amongst others only a minimal percentage of our revenues on marketing.
Even when planning your stay we support you to find economical solutions to make your dream come true. This includes, for example, choosing your flight connection and the travel insurance. Also, you can apply for funding with our support.
If you want to select cost-consciously the internship city, we recommend you to avoid the capital and Patagonia, because living costs there are significantly higher than in the other Argentine regions.
In Argentina the majority of internships offered to foreigners are unfortunately unpaid. The reason for this is that paid internships are considered to be regular work places – and those require a work visa. Applying for such a visa is not only a complicated procedure but also time and money consuming. Hence, most companies are not willing to offer paid internships to foreigners.
For this reason we recommend you to rather apply for scholarships or to economise: For the application for fundings, of course, we will support you in issuing the necessary documents.
And to save costs we assist you with advice on choosing your flight connection or travel insurance. In addition, you can plan your stay cost-consciously by avoiding the capital and Patagonia as your internship city.
Unfortunately not, even though some people will say so. Only very few people speak and understand English in Argentina. Having good Spanish skills is therefore a very important prerequisite for a successful internship.
Since we organise only high quality internships, we need to guarantee to the companies that the interns dispose of the required Spanish level. Accordingly, we will take care that the intern will be able to communicate in the company and that he/she will be able to understand his/her superiors and colleagues.
Good Spanish language skills are THE requirement for a successful internship in Argentina. In order to be sufficiently prepared before the beginning of the internship, interns with no or only basic Spanish knowledge attend an intensive Spanish course (“Intensive Course Plus”) at the NICE Spanish school in Córdoba. Beginners usually need on average six weeks of this course type. Correspondingly, students who already have some knowledge need less time.
Having filled in our Spanish test we will be able to give you an estimation of how many weeks of the “Intensive Course Plus” you need in order to attain the required Spanish level.
  • Highly individual consultancy – by email and phone.
  • Fast answers within 24 hour.
  • We speak English, Spanish, German, French and Portuguese.
  • Get oriented: More than 300 internship examples available.
  • Specific questions? We are specialists for Argentina with 10 years of experience!
  • CV: Translation and revision.
  • Internship search: Regular feedback on progress.
  • Personal attention: Your english speaking contact person at NICE.
  • Internship offer(s): Company details, description of your activities, a pre contact to the company is possible.
  • Frame contract with the internship company in order to integrate foreign interns.
  • University contracts: Handling and submission of all required documents and certificates.
  • Scholarships: Issuing of all necessary application documents.
  • NICE –Travel Preparation (Handbook).
  • NICE – Tips for your Stay (Handbook).
  • Insurance: Personal Consultancy.
  • Flights: Support and Advice on flight connections.
  • Personal guidance on travel preparation issues.
  • Spanish skills: Free assessment test and consultancy.
  • City map and Bus card for public transport*.
  • SIM card for your mobile and/or Rental of an Argentine mobile*.
  • NICE – Leisure Time Guide.
  • Local NICE-group on Facebook.
  • Excursions and free time activities on site*.
  • 24/7 hotline for consultancy in cases of emergency.
  • NICE Buddy-Program with Argentines & “Spanish-English-Exchange” Program.
  • Assistance on Argentine working style and rules of conduct at the workplace.
  • Preparation for or assistance at* the first interview with your internship institution.
  • Regular Feedback and mentoring to ensure a successful internship.
  • Consultancy and support on your internship certificate (issued by the internship companies).
  • * Córdoba

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